More Britballers headed to the NFL!

Jermaine Eluemunor discovered the NFL when he switched on the television in his London home and saw the UK’s first regular-season game being played at Wembley Stadium in 2007. Now he is set to be playing in a 2017 Wembley game himself after being selected in the fifth round of the NFL draft by the Baltimore Ravens.

The Ravens, who face the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley on Sunday, 23 September, made Eluemunor, an offensive lineman at Texas A & M, the 159th player selected in the draft, fulfilling the dream he has held since persuading his family to move to the United States so that he could play American football.

Speaking before the draft, Eluemunor recalled the moment he fell in love with the sport.

“I was flicking through the TV channels and I came upon the Dolphins and the Giants playing at Wembley,” he said. “I loved the way they were hitting each other, the intensity.”

He becomes the fifth UK-born player currently in the NFL, following the Oakland Raiders’ selection of University of Connecticut’s London-born safety Obi Melifonwu in the second round.

British-born players currently in the NFL:

Player Position Born College Draft Team Current Team
Jack Crawford DE London Penn State Oakland Round 5 (158 overall) 2012 Atlanta
Menelik Watson T Manchester Florida State Oakland Round 2 (42 overall) 2013 Denver
Jay Ajayi RB London Boise State Miami Round 5 (149 overall) 2015 Miami
Obi Melifonwu S London Connecticut Oakland Round 2 (56 overall) 2017 Oakland
Jermaine Eluemunor OL London Texas A & M Baltimore Round 5 (159 overall) 2017 Baltimore
Josh Mauro DE England Stanford Undrafted 2014 Arizona
Francis Kallon DE London Georgia Tech Undrafted 2017 Pittsburgh

 

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Alongside Jermaine, London-born Obi Melifonwu was drafted in the second round by the Oakland Raiders (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

 

 

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